Swanson, Peter Mark
MADISON – Peter Mark Swanson, 45, passed absent in the early early morning hours of July 6, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison, next a 12-month fight with pancreatic cancer. His wife, Katrina Swanson, was by his aspect.
Although Pete was born in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 1975, he was lifted in Austin, Texas. He grew up taking part in sporting activities, swimming in Barton Springs, and fishing on South Padre Island. He performed football, No. 44, for Lanier (now Navarro) Significant College in the early 1990s, turning out to be a potent athlete and overall buff dude–an impressive physique he managed all his daily life. He was a loyal and caring teammate, earning the respect and friendship of lots of in a hard, racially segregated ecosystem. He grew into a guy who loved motorcycles, reside new music, tenting, his beloved Pyrenees-retriever rescue doggy, Solo, and his household.
In May of 2005, at the Pecan Avenue Competition in Austin, he met his amazingly incredibly hot spouse-to-be, Katrina, and they married on May perhaps 12, 2007, in Georgetown, Texas, at the Grace Heritage Heart. Kat was initially captivated to his angelic smile and eyes–then the muscle mass, tattoos, and BMW R1200 motorbike. She normally displays on the summer time they fell in enjoy, using his motorcycle via the Texas Hill Nation.
When Kat and Pete realized they have been anticipating their very first youngster, Pete explained, “I guess I improved get a serious task.” He’d just started off his personal organization digitizing lawful documents, but made a decision owning insurance policy was now top rated precedence.
Pete was employed at Epic Methods in Verona, Wis., in 2010. He represented the corporation on journeys around the state and the world, and was a valued member of Epic’s “Beaker” crew. He totally cherished performing for Epic, acquiring beforehand been a paramedic, and felt he was continuing to assist folks by enhancing the circulation of clinic operations by way of technology. His ultimate journey for Epic was to Norway, wherever he fell in adore with Norwegian lifestyle and turned closer to his Viking heritage. Whilst technically Pete was a comprehensive-blooded Swede, the community in Norway did not appear to brain. At the clinic he labored at in Oslo, he was touched when, at lunch time, everyone–medical professionals, nurses, custodians, and many others.–collected about a table and ate a handmade hot lunch collectively and then all cleaned up. Everyone was highly regarded, and that is how Peter treated his individual function workforce and buyers. He generally observed himself as 1 of lots of.
Pete and Kat have been element of a huge restoration neighborhood in Austin, and later on, in Madison. Acquiring each overcome numerous road blocks from their youth, they embraced dwelling sober and current life. Pete turned rather open about his restoration above the last handful of years, experience that honesty helped crack the stigma of addiction and alcoholism and could assistance extra men and women. The last year of his lifestyle, Pete hosted men’s restoration meetings in his backyard. Numerous members did not comprehend he was sick, since he under no circumstances complained.
All who understood Pete were touched by his kindness and caring, charmed by his attractive Texas accent and easy chuckle, and encouraged by his determination to self-reflection and enhancement. Pete was liable, challenging-operating, and strived to reside a everyday living of honor and integrity.
He poured all of this into his function as a father. His daughter, Sawyer Jane, was born in 2010, and son, Finn Patrick, in 2013. Pete cherished currently being with his young children, and anytime he was household from traveling, he devoted most of his time to remaining present for just about every celebration. When Kat was in grad school, Pete took the young children each and every Saturday to “donuts with dads” at the library. He even participated in the dad’s h2o ballet exhibit at their community pool and coached soccer for the two Sawyer and Finn.
Spouse and children was the cornerstone of Pete’s daily life, and he and Kat and the kids experienced a lot of adventures, such as a thirty day period in Costa Rica, excursions to Kat’s household condition of Alaska, touring the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and many excursions to California and the PNW. When Pete became sick, his only priority was to commit all of his remaining time with his family members. The Swansons ended up capable to journey to Maui over their very last Christmas together. The most memorable day was their highway excursion up Haleakala, exactly where Kat took a photo of him beneath a double rainbow. Their final vacation was driving an RV to Texas for spring crack because Pete wanted to exhibit the kids the place their dad grew up and consider them to all of the “specific spots” in Austin and on South Padre Island, his preferred put to travel as a little one.
Pete is survived by Katrina “Kat,” Sawyer, and Finn Swanson his parents, Mark Swanson and Jane Erickson-Swanson his brother, Tim Swanson of Austin, Texas his sister, Deb King, and her loved ones of Waunakee, Wis. and many other good friends and relations.
Pete expressed substantially gratitude to his oncologist, James Heun, M.D., and his nurse, Kat Rajski, at the SSM Health and fitness Cancer Center in Middleton, and the caring staff members at Agrace HospiceCare. The like and respect at Agrace from the “A Staff” and Nurse Richard was palpable to both Kat and Pete.
People who knew Pete by his much too-small lifestyle–or who cared for him by his ailment–were encouraged by his spirit, generosity, and selflessness. A Viking-model boat-burning (paper boats) celebration of existence will be held sometime future summertime in Madison, Wis. Contributions might be produced in Pete’s memory to his legacy, his little ones, as a result of their Edvest Accounts.
On the internet condolences may possibly be built at www.gundersonfh.com.
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Printed by Madison.com on Jul. 18, 2021.